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‘Split’ has an outstanding debut weekend

It was a huge weekend for horror fans at the box office, as a profile new release exceeded industry expectations. Here’s what went down:

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Split, the latest from director M. Night Shyamalan, had an outstanding debut at the box office this weekend, bringing in an estimated $38.5 million. Following the success of 2015’s The Visit, this is the second strong outing in a row for Shyamalan after a decade in the critical and commercial doldrums, and suggests that the director works his magic best with a smaller budget and smaller, more thoughtful films. With an estimated budget of $10 million, Split is already a success.

Debuting in second place with $19.5 is XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. With so much perceived hype surrounding Vin Diesel’s latest, and a budget of $85 million, it’s hard not to look at this number as a massive let down.

As for the rest of the top five, Hidden Figures was in third place with $16.9 million. Sing was in fourth place with $8.4 million, while La La Land closed things out in fifth with $8.2 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Split – $22 million
2) XXX: The Return of Xander Cage – $19.5 million
3) Hidden Figures – $18 million
4) La La Land – $12 million
5) Sing – $8 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:’

1) Split – $38.5 million
2) XXX: The Return of Xander Cage – $19.5 million
3) Hidden Figures – $16.9 million
4) Sing – $8.4 million
5) La La Land – $8.2 million

Next weekend sees the release of Gold, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and A Dog’s Purpose. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.

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About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on January 22, 2017, in Andy Burns, box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Right on the money with XXX … nicely done!!! 😀

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